5th round of QCG to be held this month: Sartaj

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Afghan Ambassador bemoans mistrust between Pak, Afghanistan

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—Advisor on Foreign Affairs has said the 5th round of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) involving Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and United States is likely to be held later this month.
He was addressing a dialogue “From winter to spring: revisiting the Afghanistan Question” here on Thursday.
Afghan reconciliation process is very important and quadrilateral efforts are continuing in this regard, Aziz said adding the first direct talks between Afghan Taliban and government were held as a result of Pakistan’s efforts.
At the fourth round of QCG in Kabul, Afghan Taliban was invited to the direct talks with Afghan government and Pakistan also offered to host the negotiations but the Afghan Taliban rejected talks while setting some preconditions.
Improvement is vital for peace and stability in the region said Sartaj Aziz. Restoration of Afghan dialogue process is the common responsibility of all the four countries, he added. .
He said Pakistan, China and the United States are playing their role to bring Taliban to the negotiating table. Sartaj Aziz added peace in Afghanistan is key to regional stability and Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process is vital to achieve this objective. He said proper border management is required to address concerns of Islamabad and Kabul.
Two sides are now working to corporate on security and counterterrorism issues. He said Pakistan can feel the pain and sufferings of Afghans caused by senseless violence.
In his remarks on the occasion, Afghan Ambassador Dr Omar Zakhilwal said media in both countries responsible for mistrust between the two countries. He said people to people contacts should be enhanced to remove this mistrust. First step towards peace is to create an environment of trust between the two countries, he said asking why peace has not bee achieved if it so vital for both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Revival of peace is vital for the progress and prosperity for both the neighbouring countries said the Afghan Ambassador.

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